Lands, Natural Resources & Environment

Belize Secures 122 Million Belize Dollars for Climate Adaptation

Belize has gained access to as much as 122 million Belize dollars in grants for
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Outcry in Succotz Village as 200-Year-Old Tree Chopped Up

A piece of history for Succotz Village, Cayo District, was tampered with over the weekend,
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Belize Observes World Fisheries Day Under the Theme “Build Enabling

Today, Belize has joined countries around the world in observing World Fisheries Day. The day
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DOE Investigates Yacht Grounding in Belize Waters; Fines Possible

The Department of the Environment has commenced an investigation into the grounding of a yacht
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Environmental Clearance Granted for Eco-Resort on Angelfish Caye Despite Concerns

The Department of the Environment (DOE) has granted environmental clearance for the construction of an
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Belize Aggressor IV Yacht Runs Aground in Lighthouse Reef Atoll:

This morning, the Belize Aggressor IV, a 115-foot-long yacht, ran aground in the Lighthouse Reef
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Government of Belize Moves Forward with Implementation of Caribbean Court

The Government of Belize is moving forward with the implementation of the Consent Order issued
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Government to Reopen Discussions on Land Dispute Between Yemeri Grove

Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia says that the government has to reopen
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Controversial Referendum Amendment Bill 2023 Signed into Law, Quashing Oceana’s

The Referendum Amendment Bill 2023 has been signed into law by the Governor General after
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Public Service Union Advocates for Government Reacquisition of Unused Lands

Another subject brought to the forefront by the Public Service Union is the matter of
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Caye Caulker Residents Demand Action Against Illegal Beach Developments

Following today’s unfortunate incident on Caye Caulker, residents are calling on the government to address
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Land Dispute Between Yemeri Grove and Laguna Villages in Toledo

The land dispute saga between the villages Yemeri Grove and Laguna in the Toledo District
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Nominations Open for James A. Waight Environmental Conservation Award

The Belize Audubon Society is looking for the 38 James A. Waight winner. Prestigious award
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Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs Addresses Ethnic Tensions in South

The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs met with several non-Mayan Villages yesterday to discuss the
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GOB says it will have to limit claims of Maya

The Government of Belize says it will have to limit the number of lands being
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Dangriga Area Representative Empowers Constituents with Land Documents

Dangriga Area Representative Dr. Louis Zabaneh handed out over a hundred land documents yesterday to
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Government of Belize Issues Land Documents to Dangriga Residents

As a follow-up to the recent land clinics that were being held in the south,
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Former Prime Minister speaks on Maya Communal Land Rights issue

Tensions between residents of Yemeri Grove and Laguna have subsided, for now, since the government
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Land Dispute in Krooman Lagoon Area Reaches Critical Point

For years, we’ve reported on land disputes in the Krooman Lagoon area between squatters and
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Minister Of Home Affairs speaks on Yemeri Grove Land Issue

Yesterday, several rural communities in the Toledo District banded together to speak about what they
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Mobile Land Clinic Assists Over 400 Residents with Land Issues

The Ministry of Natural Resources wrapped up a 2-day mobile land clinic yesterday where they
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Kriol, East Indian and Garifuna community leaders unite amid ongoing

Two weeks ago, a peace agreement was reportedly brokered between the residents of Yemeri Grove
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Dangriga Residents Receive Land Services in Effort to Address Land

Land services are provided in Dangriga. Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde and the Land Department
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Mobile Land Clinic in Dangriga to Address Land Issues for

Minister of Natural Resources, Cordel Hyde, will be in Dangriga Town for the next two
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Oceana Honors Belizean Wavemakers at Annual General Meeting

Wavemakers were announced and awarded at Oceana’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Belizean Wavemakers are part
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Fisheries Department to enforce regulation that prohibits the placement of

The Fisheries Department is setting to enforce the regulation that prohibits the placement of fishing
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Land Dispute Tensions Persist in Yemeri Grove and Laguna

Tensions between the residents of Yemeri Grove and Laguna in the Toledo District have de-escalated
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Ethnic Tensions Remain High in Belize Land Dispute

While the government has aided in brokering a deal between the parties, the ethnic tensions
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Belize Signs Co-Management Agreements for Marine Reserves

The Government of Belize has signed an agreement with two well-established conservation NGOs for the
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Belize Seeking Funds to Replace Swing Bridge and Bel-Can Bridge

The government is looking to procure funds to replace two of Belize City’s major bridges,
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Belize Takes Steps to Increase Climate Financing and Resilience

Belize is ranked eighth in the world in climate risk, so the government is working
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Record Energy Consumption in Belize as Heat Wave Hits the

The heat wave saw a record breaking use of energy in Belize from Thursday to
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World Food Day Highlights the Vital Role of Water in

Today is World Food Day and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Balancing Economic Growth and Conservation Amid Climate Financing Demands

On the backdrop of the recently signed agreements between US Capital Energy and several southern
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San Pedro Town Council Bans Golf Carts from Water Taxis

The San Pedro Town Council is being criticized after it implemented a policy on the
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Consent Agreements and the Free Prior Informed Consent Protocol

While five villages have given the green light for exploration in their communities, two villages
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Amendments to the Referendum Act Announced Amid Offshore Oil Exploration

While Oceana is still awaiting feedback from the government reference the referendum on offshore oil
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Capacity Building Workshop Aims to Create Tourism Employment in Dangriga

The Ministry of Economic Development is seeking to create tourism employment opportunities in Dangriga by
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Oil Exploration Resumes in Toledo District After Consent Agreements Signed

Oil exploration in the Toledo District will resume after US Capital Belize Corporation and four
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Hopkins Villagers Seek Meeting with Area Representative Amid Access Restrictions

Hopkins Villagers are waiting a sit-down with Stann Creek West Area Representative, Rodwell Ferguson, after
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Belize Defence Force’s Forward Operating Base in Sarstoon to Reopen

And troops patrolling the Sarstoon will soon be able to stay longer in the area,
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Rodwell Ferguson Holds Weekly Mobile Clinics for Constituents

Stann Creek West Area Representative, Rodwell Ferguson, is holding weekly mobile clinics in his constituency
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Land Dispute Erupts in Hopkins Village Over Beach Access

Another land dispute is brewing in the south, this time in Hopkins Village.  Residents are
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National Kriol Council Calls for Proper Protocol Implementation in Land

The National Kriol Council has voiced major concerns with the ongoing dispute between the villages
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Climate Change Assessment Project Aims to Bolster Belize City’s Resilience

A large-scale climate change assessment project is underway in Belize City this week. The Climate
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Tensions Flare in Indian Creek Over Controversial Solar Project Inauguration

Villagers in Indian Creek, Toledo District, are at odds over a new solar project slated
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Fishermen Fined for Possession of Conch During Closed Season

Twelve fishermen from Chunox Village received a hefty fine this week after being caught with
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Land Dispute Sparks Tensions Between Villagers in Toledo District

Over the weekend, a land dispute led to tensions flaring between villagers in the Toledo
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Ongoing Boundary Dispute in Villages Continues Amid Government’s Delay in

While both parties continue to lobby for what they both believe is their village’s boundaries,
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve Educates Fishermen on Conch Season Regulations

As the sun-kissed shores of San Pedro Town beckon the beginning of an exciting conch
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Lands Department Hosts Pickstock Residents at Belize Civic Center

Residents of Pickstock were hosted, for the first time, at the Belize Civic Center by
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TIDE Reports Success in Yellow-Headed Parrot Conservation Efforts

TIDE’s Terrestrial Protected Areas Manager, Mario Muschamp, has reported some successes in their program to
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Belize Government Sues Former Minister and UDP Stalwart for $6

Six million dollars – that’s how much the Government of Belize is suing former Minister
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Belize Forest Department Highlights Ecosystem Benefits in Mountain Pine Ridge

Yesterday, the Belize Forest Department gathered stakeholders and partners in nature conservancy within the Mountain
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Minister Habet Responds to Environmental Concerns Over Portico Enterprises Project

Tonight, the Minister of Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Orlando Habet, says the environmental experts
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NGO Fragments of Hope Opposes Environmental Impact Assessment for Angelfish

Southern NGO, Fragments of Hope, is opposing the Department of the Environment’s decision to proceed
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Belize’s High Court Grants Permission for Judicial Review Against Government

Belize’s High Court has granted permission to Reef Village Development II Limited to seek judicial
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Belize To Observe World Ozone Day, Will Highlight Environmental Commitment

On Saturday, September 16, Belize will join the world in observing World Ozone Day. The
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Belize Collaborates with Global Ghost Gear Initiative to Combat Ghost

For years we have been hearing of the various elements affecting our marine life and
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Environmental Clearance Granted for Toucan Bay Development Project in Corozal

The Toucan Bay Development Limited Project has been granted environmental clearance by the National Environmental
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German Investors Eye $50 Million Waste-to-Energy Project in San Pedro

German investors are in Belize, and are looking to inject some fifty million dollars in
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PUP says Coastal Highway issue it raised when in opposition

Did the Briceno Administration have a change of heart surrounding the concerns it raised regarding
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UK and Caribbean Sign MOU to Enhance Climate Resilience

The United Kingdom is moving to increase access to climate financing in the Caribbean, aimed
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Belizean Beekeepers Attend 48th International Apicultural Congress in Chile

Apimondia (API-MON-DYA), an international organization that connects beekeepers, specialists, and researchers from all over the
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Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources Launches “Landfolio 7” Digital System

Minister of Natural Resources, Cordel Hyde, has announced that his ministry is on the way
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Oceana’s Petition Verification Moves to Attorney General’s Office

Yesterday, we told you of Oceana’s appeal to the government to have the over twenty
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Belize Achieves Soybean Self-Sufficiency, Saving Millions in Imports

Belize no longer has the need to import soybeans.  The announcement places another feather in
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Belize Tourism Board Sponsors Prize in BBC Wildlife Photography Awards

The Belize Tourism Board is sponsoring one of the prizes for the British Broadcasting Corporation
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Belize Government Collaborates with CABEI to Benefit Fisheries Sector

The Government of Belize held a meeting this week with the Central American Bank for
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Belize Government Advances National Energy Policy 2023-2040

The Government of Belize is pushing ahead with the National Energy Policy 2023 to 2040
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Forest Department Holds Centennial Tree Plantings Across Belize

The Forest Department held tree plantings in several areas today, as part of its centennial
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Study to determine size of manatee population underway

Manatees bring environmental benefits to Belize by supporting aquatic ecosystems and economic benefits as a
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Fisheries Department Honors Late Officer with Manatee Tribute

The Fisheries Department has paid tribute to the late Vivian Ramnarace who was a part
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FCD Releases Scarlet Macaws into Chiquibul Reserve for Conservation

The Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) continues to work toward preserving and protecting Belize’s
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Maya Center Women’s Group Empowered through Biopama Initiative

The Maya Center Women’s Group, a thirty-member group in the Creek District, have been transforming
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CZMAI Works on Marine Spatial Plan, Conducts Ocean Accounting Workshop

The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) is working on a marine spatial plan
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Land Inspection Initiative Benefits Stann Creek West Constituents

Residents in the Stann Creek West constituency are benefitting from a special land inspection program
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Alleged Bias Concerns: Ashcroft Alliance Requests NEAC Tribunal Member to

The Ashcroft Alliance has written to the newly appointed member of the (NEAC) Appeals Tribunal,
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Markhelm Lizarraga Appointed to NEAC Tribunal Amidst Changes in Private

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management has appointed Markhelm Lizarraga
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Belize Lands Department Completes System Upgrade for Faster Processing and

The Lands Department has finalized is system upgrade and have completed staff training in utilizing
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Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) Fends Off Cyberattacks with $500K Investment

The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has spent close to half million Belize dollars to fend
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Belize Electricity Limited Faces Cyberattack

Payroll records, customer information, and human resources data – these are a few of the
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Ministry of Blue Economy Denies Crisis in Belize Fishing Sector

The Ministry of Blue Economy has responded to claims of crisis made by the Belize
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Prime Minister Briceno Seeks Entry onto Central American Energy Grid

Three weeks ago, when Belize Electricity Limited was having an energy dilemma, of sorts, Love
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Senator Janelle Chanona Rejects Claims of NGO Silence on Portico

Despite reports of the NGO community being silent on the Portico predicament, Senator Janelle Chanona
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BTV goes to the Sarstoon

Over the weekend, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) lived up to their words last week,
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Request for Information on Portico’s Plans Goes Unanswered by Department

Recently, Allan Herrera issued a letter, utilizing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to get
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Repair Delays at Forward Operating Base in Sarstoon Draw Concerns

The High Court building is not the only infrastructure currently under repairs.  The Forward Operating
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Belize Coast Guard Seeks Support from Taiwan for Capability Enhancement

The Belize Coast Guard is hoping to bolster its capabilities and enhance the technical skills
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Over 1,000 Southern Belize Residents Assisted with Late Registration

Over one thousand residents from Southern Belize were assisted with late registration this weekend, thanks
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Belize Zoo Mourns Loss of Jaguar Ambassador, Sylvia

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is mourning the loss of one of its
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PM says government working to find solution to electricity demands

The alarm has been sounded, and Belize needs to move fast to secure additional sources
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Villagers in Middlesex Village, Stann Creek District Demand Road Access

Villagers in Middlesex Village, Stann Creek District, are up in arms and say the government
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Environmental Consultancy Requests Details on Port of Magical Belize’s Environmental

The Environmental and Engineering Consultancy (NEXTERA) has fired off a letter to the Ministry of
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Erosion Threatens Dangriga’s Beaches, Mayor Provides Update on Mitigation Efforts

Dangriga, known as the culture capital of Belize, is one of the go-to tourist destinations
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Leader of the Opposition Opposes Proposed Redistricting

Also opposing the proposed redistricting is the Leader of the Opposition, Shyne Barrow.  Barrow outlined
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